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Detroit water dept pays $56,245 every year for a horseshoer, even though it doesn’t own any horses
wordpress ^ | August 20, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 08/20/2012 8:31:16 AM PDT by grundle

The Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:

Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.

Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.

The city pays $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits for the horseshoer position.

This is why some people are always saying that we need to raise taxes, and why they also want the federal government to give more funding to the cities. Instead of getting rid of government waste such as this, they would rather raise taxes, and use the federal government to force the more responsible cities to bail out Detroit’s irresponsible behavior.

Personally, I would rather cut government waste.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; detroit; union; unions

1 posted on 08/20/2012 8:31:22 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Ridiculous....no work...no pay. The union can go to hell.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 8:35:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: grundle

Gotta justify the city buggywhip manufacturer somehow.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 8:35:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

But when they get a horse they’re ready!!


4 posted on 08/20/2012 8:37:53 AM PDT by albie
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To: grundle
The horse-shoer probably maintains the lawns at the city council members homes. Why be a city council member if there are no perks?

Btw, it's also a position reserved for the mayors cousin.

5 posted on 08/20/2012 8:38:42 AM PDT by blam
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To: grundle

good example of how unions are killing this country


6 posted on 08/20/2012 8:38:42 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: albie

Even if they did have a few horses it would be far more cost effective to contract a farrier to come in and do the job as needed.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 8:42:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle
simple...bribery $$$$..follow the $$$$
They may not have any horses...
but the city is overflowing w/ Ja @cK@$$

8 posted on 08/20/2012 8:45:45 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: grundle

Makes you wonder if they have a livery stable with a blacksmith shop too?


9 posted on 08/20/2012 8:48:18 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: dalebert

What I would do is the same thing that the emergency manager did with Detroit school employees and make them physically come and pick up their check. That’s how they found that some 200 school employees that didn’t exist.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 8:52:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

Where do I apply?


11 posted on 08/20/2012 8:52:15 AM PDT by Poison Pill (Take your silver lining and SHOVE IT!)
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To: grundle

... the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.

BS! This is modern day “featherbedding!”


12 posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:44 AM PDT by BobNative
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To: grundle

The lawn jockey union is VERY powerful in Detroit, it seems.

13 posted on 08/20/2012 9:00:41 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: grundle

The position also includes welding, so the “horseshoer” likely works on pipes untl a horse comes his way.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 9:03:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: grundle

I hear they are turning parts of the city back to farmland, maybe they think they’ll need horses to pull those plows. :)


15 posted on 08/20/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: grundle

Whattya mean no need for a horseshoer? Isn’t the entire Detroit government filled with horses’ asses?


16 posted on 08/20/2012 9:23:46 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: grundle
Detroit water dept pays $56,245 every year for a horseshoer, even though it doesn’t own any horses

Yes, but there are a lot of "horses asses" in government and you can never tell when one of them might need "shoes".

17 posted on 08/20/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: grundle

I just know there`s gotta be a pony somewhere in this pile of manure!


18 posted on 08/20/2012 10:15:10 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Another dog and pony show gone to the dogs? where?? who knew?)
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To: grundle

Well, I guess they won’t be needing those milking machines, either.


19 posted on 08/20/2012 10:34:42 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: grundle

Balderdash! This position certainly behoofs someone.


20 posted on 08/20/2012 10:37:23 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Sacajaweau; All

I believe the city still has a mounted division...the horses are part of the city government....Police department...


21 posted on 08/20/2012 10:54:03 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: grundle

Little spare time perk there for administrators as in so many other local governments. Further into the economic collapse, they’ll be dining on their horses.


22 posted on 08/20/2012 12:13:28 PM PDT by familyop (Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: grundle

So, whose nephew has the horseshoer job? Is it forever, or does another connected nephew get it next year?


23 posted on 08/20/2012 12:29:19 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: goat granny

That Detroit has or at least had in the 1960s mounted police force is true. Does the police department have their own horseshoer or do they use the one from the water dept? If the later is the case, why is this part of the water department budget and not the police budget?

I will be truthful. I went to college, lived and worked in Detroit from 1956-1962. I was in Detroit in 2000 at a spot 2 blocks from where I worked and if it wasn’t for the statue of Prometeus on Woodward Ave., I would have had no idea where I was! Pictures that I’ve seen of Detroit since then are even worse than what I saw in person.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT by Nuocmam
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To: Nuocmam
I was also born and raised in Detroit when it was a beautiful city, born 1939. I do know that Coleman Young tried to get rid of the mounted division but I don't think he succeed. As far a farriers being under another department and not the police department, I don't know unless its simply where they stuck it because of budgets for the mounted division...with what has happened in Detroit since the 60’s riots and Mayor Young, (the most racist mayor any city ever had) that whole place has become incomprehensible to me.... The only thing I know is if there is still a mounted division, they have those that attend horses on payroll. I horse needs shoeing, they cannot just look up one in the phone book and know if he's just fair or good enough to deal with mounted division horses....If I remember from getting into my ...way back machine...they also has a man to handle all the leather work that is needed in caring for a horse....anyone that owns a horse knows taking care of ever a couple can cost out the wing/wang...

Horses require a lot of tack work...(I think thats the right work.)

25 posted on 08/20/2012 1:03:50 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: grundle

Unions suck!


26 posted on 08/20/2012 1:09:44 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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